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Streamlined Akaka bill passes committee

Sen. Daniel Akaka Sen. Daniel Akaka
Sen. Daniel Inouye Sen. Daniel Inouye
WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A streamlined bill to grant native Hawaiians federal recognition has passed the Senate committee on Indian affairs. Sen. Daniel Akaka, who chairs the commission, cut his namesake bill from 60 to 15 pages and reduced the amount of terminology to simplify the proposed law.

The Akaka bill now incorporates a new Hawaii state law that created a roll commission that determines who qualifies as a native Hawaiian.

Sen. Akaka is hoping opponents may reconsider a leaner bill. 

Sen. John McCain voted against passing the bill out of committee.

It now goes to the Senate floor. The bill has reached this point before but has never received an up or down vote.


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